The other day, I posted this photo of a soup stock bubbling away on Instagram. I simply love the smell of them cooking and the tremendous healing powers they impart. Stocks rock so much, that I was inspired to give you my super-star superfood stock recipe.
There is an expression that a good stock will bring a dying man back to life. While that is a slight exaggeration, I have consistently seen their value in my personal and professional life. Even when I was a staunch vegan, I would regularly recommend bone broth stocks to my chronic (and even terminal) clients to restore their vitality. Stocks are easy to digest and are full of vital minerals and nutrients that are essential for healing.
Organic, pasture-raised animal bones (beef, chicken, duck, lamb etc).
2 carrots, chopped in thirds
2 stalks of celery, chopped in thirds
1 cooking onion, chopped in quarters
1 small leek, cleaned and chopped in thirds
1 handful of parsley
pinch of salt
2-3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
According to Sally Fallon, Author of Nourishing Traditions, “Stock contains minerals in a form the body can absorb easily—not just calcium but also magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, sulfur and trace minerals. It contains the broken down material from cartilage and tendons–stuff like chondroitin sulphates and glucosamine, now sold as expensive supplements for arthritis and joint pain.”
The first rule of stock-rocking is to use bones from happy, organic, pasture-raised animals. High quality bones are essential for a healthy, healing soup. They are an easy and inexpensive addition to a healthy, thriving diet.
Some of the healing benefits of soup stocks are:
- Heals the gut and promotes healthy digestion
- Reduces inflammation all over the body
- Promotes healthy, lustrous nails and hair
- Inhibits infection
- Reduces joint pain
- Promotes healthy, strong bones
Supercharging your Stocks
I have a trick to supercharge stocks. I add superfoods and superherbs into the stock and allow them to infuse into the stock over 12-48 hours. The secret to a good stock is quality ingredients and time.
Some additional ingredients are:
- Goji berry– It is a popular superfood known as the fruit of longevity. It is packed with antioxidants, helps skin look radiant, boosts the immune system and is a high source of Vitamin C. I add about a handful for a whole stock.
- Seaweeds– These seaside treasures are some of my favorite and most delicious ways to stock up on trace minerals like iodine. Seaweeds help to purify the blood, are alkalizing and amazingly detoxifying. Depending on the type of seaweed, add a few sticks or a small handful to the broth. It’s a wonderful, grounding addition.
- Chaga Mushrooms– These native mushrooms are powerful, dynamic immune supporters. They clean the blood, balance the hormones and are one of the world’s most powerful adaptogens. It’s potent medicine.
- Schizandra Berry– This is an effective adaptogen herb that is known as “the herb that does it all”. It’s said to help purify the blood, support the mind, help maintain a strong memory, and help maintain sexual energy and sexual functions in both men and women. It’s one of my favs.
- Longan fruit– This south-east Asian fruit is a nutritional powerhouse. It is high in iron, prevents eye problems and is tasty too.
- Hibiscus powder– Hibiscus is very high in vitamin C, lowers blood pressure, and a very high source of antioxidants.
- Apple Cider Vinegar– I include ACV into all my stocks and stews to help to deeply draw out the nutrients from the bones. I usually add about 2-3 tablespoons to a stock pot.
This is just a small list of stock additions. I recommend that you experiment with other superfoods, adaptogens or superherbs that you like. They amp up the nutritional content and make it an authentic stock tonic. I use stocks as a base when I make rice, or add to other soups, stews or even just as a healthy, healing drink a few times a week. It’s an easy and delicious way to drink your nutrition.
What’s your favorite stock recipe? I would love to hear from you.
In vibrant health!